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Saturday 01/07/2017
Experts advise getting flu shot ASAP as the virus’ season begins
Posted: January 07, 2017

Get ready to roll up your sleeves.

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Thursday 12/15/2016
Adoption-help group expands services to Arizona couples
Posted: December 15, 2016

The ways to build a family are as diverse as the people who live in Ahwatukee and the East Valley, but they aren’t always easy or free.

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Monday 11/21/2016
Phoenix Zoo to provide reduced admission price to underprivileged families
Posted: November 21, 2016

The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo has joined Museums for All, a program to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums and other cultural attractions regularly.

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Muscle fitness is important for teens and adults
Posted: November 21, 2016

It is well established that performing regular muscle fitness exercise is important for building and maintain strong bones.

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Sunday 10/30/2016
How chewing tobacco affects oral health
Posted: October 30, 2016

While smoking is very much recognized as a no-no when it comes to oral health, often overlooked is the impact chewing tobacco can have on a healthy mouth. Chewing tobacco contains a number of dangerous chemicals that can cause numerous adverse problems, up to and including cancer.

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Thursday 10/27/2016
Pain, pain, go away: What causes toothaches?
Posted: October 27, 2016

On the top of the no-fun list in the dental world: Toothaches. Toothaches can arise from a number of different causes, but very often they are the result of decay. While tooth decay commonly leads to pain, just how much it affects an individual is patient-dependent, says Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar of BellaVista Dental Care.

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Friday 10/21/2016
Garden of Eatin’ art show aimed at promoting more displays in Ahwatukee
Posted: October 21, 2016

There are two things the leadership at Emmanuel Lutheran Church thinks Ahwatukee needs: gardens and art.

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Monday 10/03/2016
Tongue scrapers: Helpful or unnecessary?
Posted: October 03, 2016

You likely already brush your tongue while brushing your teeth, so it may seem a tongue scraper is an unnecessary redundancy. But do they help in ways that brushing alone cannot?

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Friday 09/30/2016
New Valley Fever guidelines recommended
Posted: September 30, 2016

Doctors are recommending new detection and treatment guidelines for Valley Fever, a deadly and debilitating infection that mimics the flu.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
Tricks for treaters: Oral health and Halloween
Posted: September 29, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, and for kids that means free candy. And, free candy means an increased need to ensure you’re taking the proper steps to maintain adequate oral health. Candy is not only loaded with sugar, but is very acidic, and can have adverse impacts on the teeth if proper precautions are not considered. Here’s a few tricks for treaters from BellaVista Dental Care’s Rashmi Bhatnagar that will allow you to enjoy Halloween while keeping oral health in mind.

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Sunday 09/25/2016
Your wallet shouldn’t be your only consideration in choosing health insurance
Posted: September 25, 2016

As open enrollment for 2017 draws near, many of us are weighing our health care options for the year ahead. It’s not a simple process for anyone.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Cooking up fun and learning with young children: Ideas from an expert
Posted: September 12, 2016

Cooking with your child can be a special parent-child time, messy perhaps, but fun.  

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
Dangerous waters: Adults drown at twice the rate of children in Arizona
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 5:06 pm

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Saturday 11/21/2015
Questions to ask at parent-teacher conferences
Posted: November 21, 2015

Your oldest child has entered kindergarten. You are very proud that he has taken his first step towards school. You think he is adjusting well at school. You have signed up for the allowed time for your first parent-teacher conference. You are awaiting to hear how your child is doing. But are you aware that you are an active participant in this conference? Do you have a list of questions to ask his teacher?

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Wednesday 06/10/2015
Healthy Kids: Summer activity for kids
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm

During the summer vacation “children gain up to three times as much weight as during the entire school year.” This finding is contained in a report from Active Living Research (www.activelivingresearch.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity and the promotion of active communities. 

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Art, music, physical education: All are important in our schools
Posted: March 17, 2015

Over the last few months, much has been written about funding for Arizona education. The 17 percent decrease in funding in recent years and diversion of funds designated for education have prompted a variety of comments.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
Recent survey shows decrease in youth sports activity
Posted: February 05, 2015

A recent survey by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) indicates that participation in the most popular youth team sports has decreased significantly in recent years. Among boys and girls (6-17) there has been an overall drop in sports participation of 4 percent in the five-year period studied. For team sports the drop was greater. Basketball dropped 8.3 percent, baseball 7.2 percent, soccer 7.1 percent, and, tackle football 5.4 percent. A variety of reasons are offered for the drop including increased use of video games and risk of injury (e.g., concussion in football). The fact that youth are dropping out of sport is likely associated with the finding that, over the five years of the study, there was a dramatic increase in the number of youth who were totally inactive. Inactivity increased among children (6-12) by almost 25 percent and among teens (13-17) by 13 percent.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
The enormous benefits of competitive sports
Updated: August 07, 2015 - 12:17 pm

According to a 2013 article from ESPN The Magazine, approximately 21.5 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 will participate in a team sport each year. As a former youth football and baseball coach and current father of two girls between the ages of 2 and 7, this number couldn’t be high enough. The enormous benefits of competitive sports are too long to list, but suffice it to say that every child walks away from this experience armed with a set of skills that will serve them well, both in future sports and more importantly, in life.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Dietary supplements: Kids can be informed consumers
Updated: February 03, 2015 - 10:54 am

At schools such as Mountain Pointe in Ahwatukee, students take a fitness education class designed to help them become physically literate and meet Arizona Department of Education standards for physical education. One of the standards requires students to “demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to learning and performance of physical activities.” Two specific performance outcomes describe student expectations. Specifically students must be able to: (1) “Explain the difference between facts and myths related to physical activity,” and (2) “Identify and describe products that enhance or prohibit levels of physical activity.”

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Kids need an active summer
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Now that school is out for the summer it is time to consider ways to encourage kids to be active. We know that school activities such as recess, physical education, classroom exercise breaks, and before- and after-school physical activities all contribute significantly to meeting national guidelines for physical activity (60 minutes per day recommended). Research also indicates that many kids are sedentary during the summer months, getting less moderate to vigorous activity than during the school year. So when school is out it is important for kids to find other opportunities for exercise.

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